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Wiltshire Ladies record SWCL victory at Highworth

Highworth played host to a Bowls Wiltshire Ladies (BWL) fixture for the second time this year, this time being a South West Counties League (SWCL) match against Herefordshire Ladies. The match kicked-off one hour early in order to give all parties the opportunity to get home in time for England’s World Cup semi-final appearance and the pattern of play on the majority of the rinks, right from the off, indicated which way the final result would be decided. Rink 1 was an exception, with a tight struggle for most of their match until the latter quarter of their match when the Wiltshire Ladies made a decisive break.

Whilst the final result is not known at time of writing, BWL won four of the six rinks and took the aggregate as well, their biggest winning margin gained by those on Rink Two.

A big thanks to all the Highworth members who turned out in some part to help with making the day run smoothly, but particularly to Maggie Jordan and her team of ladies who worked tirelessly in the kitchen on a hot day to produce a two-course cooked meal for both teams to enjoy whilst they mulled over the days events.

Bowls lined up to be checked by the match referee before the match commences.

President Chris Hidden welcomes officials from both sides to Highworth, handing the green over to BWL for the duration of the match.

Action from the match

HBC’s Captains’ Day raises £100 for V.I.B.E.

The annual Captains’ Day event took place on Sunday 10th June with 26 participants split into two teams of 13 with the Competitive Captains’ XIII taking on the Friendly Captain’s XIII. The teams took part in four rounds of seven ends, for most, playing on a different rink, against different opposition and in a different playing position each round. Add to that a scoring system based on ends won and rewards for scale of winning margin in each game and you had a quite a conundrum that organiser David Armitage had managed to put together.

After leading through rounds 1 & 2, the Friendlies succumbed to an onslaught from the Competitives in Round 3, seeing a lead of 4 points turned into a deficit of 13 and from which there was no way back. Final score on the day was Competitives 80 Friendlies 66 and the teams then retired to the club, after a long afternoon in the sun, to enjoy their American Buffet.

The event began with a spider competition and the opportunity to win a bottle of whisky for the person who finished nearest to the jack once all bowls, and the jack, had come to rest. With 25 bowls streaming across the green from all angles round the green, trying to get closest to the jack placed in the centre, is quite a sight and, inevitably, the jack gets hit, more than once, so the winner can be said to be more by luck than judgment. That said, taking nothing away from the victor, Sunday’s whisky winner was club newbie Dee Clements.

Sunday 10th June – Spider Event

After the buffet, a raffle of prizes generously donated by the players was held, and combined with the entry monies for the spider competition, raising a total of £100 which is to be donated to Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE). Well done one and all!

On receiving Highworth’s donation, David Stott, Team Manager at V.I.B.E. said
“On behalf of Visually Impaired Bowls England, thank you and your members for Highworth BC’s generous further donation of £100 from your Captains’ Day. Please convey our thanks to all concerned. Your support is greatly valued and we wish you every success for the season.”

Quiz Night – Saturday 3rd March – CANCELLED


It has been a while since a quiz was held at HBC. All club members are welcome to submit a team, comprising a maximum of 6 persons. Please register your team name in advance of the event by registering at the bar. If you don’t wish to participate, but could help with selling raffle tickets and/or catering then please let David know.

Management & Bowling Committees to merge

Following a unanimous vote at the Special General Meeting held at the club on Monday 20th November 2017, the two committees will be merged into one from 2018. As positions on both committees are, for the most part, filled by the same people this move will speed up the decision-making process whilst reducing the call on delegates’ time to attend meetings.

Following on from the vote, nomination sheets for club posts in 2018 were put up on the notice board in the club foyer and members are encouraged to propose representatives ahead of the Annual General Meeting which will be held at the club on Tuesday 5th December 2017 starting 7:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend.